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Crafting Websites: Inspiration from the best

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We are familiar with inspiration boards and vision boards and I'm a great fan of creating quick ones when starting a new project.  I tend to take pieces from different inspiration sources and put them together as a puzzle to see how they might work and find the potential they can bring to a given project.

I create boards that will show how a specific font will work in a color palette, with certain photography and with solid colors.  How images can be used in great sizes or as thumbnails, and how some functionality can be presented in a way that creates a seamless experience.

Inspiration boards are not only about the visuals we want to add to our new project, they also include diagrams and flow charts on how the experience will be crafted and what are the steps needed to achieve them.  I also include what type of content will be needed for each of these ideas, and how they serve the main goal of this project.

Everything that you include in your website should serve your mission and if its not adding anything, you should just not include it… my guessing is that if you feel that you are adding a feature just because you have to but don't feel how it can help your business, you won't use it right or even update it and create content for it as you should.


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  How To Use Mood Boards For Visual Learning

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Crafting Websites: Get Inspiration from offline sources in addition to online sources

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Another great way of getting inspired is to look outside the online world. Design inspiration can come from just about anywhere, think of typography, photography, color palettes, composition, scale and functionality.

When you're looking for inspiration, you need to see things in a different way and from a different perspective.

Look for close-ups, organic and geometric shapes, learn how a structure works and observe how it can be translated into a different medium and to serve a different purpose. A great example of this is how printed mediums have been translated to the web; magazines, newspapers and later to tablets; books. Another great example is museums creating online exhibitions or virtual tours of galleries, giving their visitors a different way to experiment art and be a part of the exhibitions.

When I start a new project, I tend to look everywhere, from packaging to books, from color palettes in the art world to scientific close ups, even to movies and specific era posters.  These help you build your vision or at least to get a better sense of what are you aiming for and how you can use some of these elements in your website (and your brand) to deliver a strong message.


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Crafting Websites: Where does inspiration come from?

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Inspiration comes from anywhere. Lets pretend you are a book publisher looking to build a website.  The first reaction will be to look to book publishing websites, bookmark all of them and build your sections and features based on them.

That's one way of approaching it, however, I really want to encourage you to first, look for inspiration outside of your field. Lets think out of the box here and try to make you stand out from the crowd and offer something that others in your industry are not doing the same way you do.

Your goal is to sell books and get a strong list of readers, but you can also be a place of inspiration and a go-to resource for those who are starting their careers as writers or even those who are looking for someone like you to make their book a real project.

The trick is to have your goals in mind, mix them with your interests (which will make you stand out), and give your website a space where people can live together and understand who you are and where are you coming from.

Inspiration doesn't only mean to see what the competition is doing and follow that path, inspiration comes from your own vision and desires and how you want to be perceived and seen in your field, without doing the same. Stand out!


  Inspiration Grid

  Offline Inspiration: How To Find It and Get The Most Out Of It

How to Create an Inspiration Board

Offline Sources for Design Inspiration

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Custom Websites: Determining the goal for your website

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Before you start building your website (or hiring someone to do it) you really need to think of its purpose, you want to be clear on what you want your visitors to do once they arrive there.

Do you want people to make an appointment, order a book or just contact you? Creating a framework based on the main goal of your website will allow your visitors to get what they are looking for quick and easy, and they will want to come back.

Actually, the main goal of your website is for your visitors to come and stay longer every time they visit your site. How you provide information and present it will help you active your goals and create a successful platform that will give you some brand loyalists!



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